|Testing out my Team Fisher House jersey a few weeks ago|
Yesterday, I braved the elements and logged my last long run prior to race day. I felt really strong for the first 12 miles or so and then the wind finally got to me. After that, my pace suffered a lot. While it was raining sideways for a few miles, my only goals were to avoid big puddles and not to lose my hat. And the good news was that my hat made it home with me! With 3 miles to go, I was feeling pretty trashed. Everything hurt and I was really, really tired. And I was nowhere close to home. I stopped my Garmin and pulled over to a big telephone pole to stretch for a minute. And full disclosure, I cried for a minute as I felt pretty sorry for myself. And then I told myself (out loud, mind you) to keep going and just get it done. Slowly but surely, those last 3 miles ticked off and then I heard my watch beep for that glorious 20 mile indicator. Free at last!
While I knew that this run was significant since its completion ushered in that glorious taper that many marathon runners live for (*raises hand*), this thought was far from my mind during those last few painful miles. When I got home, Adam asked me what else was left on my training plan and I told him that this run was the end of the big mileage. He gave me an enthusiastic high five and told me I was ready. And he's right. I may not be going after an aggressive time goal at Marine Corps, I've set a lofty fundraising goal, which I'm approaching woohoo!
As race day approaches, I promised myself that I would spend some time more thoroughly analyzing my training paces to come up with a race day strategy. I also really need to focus on nutrition. With my Birthday and work departure, I've had my fair share of sweets and I am feeling a bit sluggish. Throughout this training cycle, my knee and hips have been a bit aggravated so I also promised myself that I would continue doing yoga a few times each week, foam roll each evening and remember that bag of frozen peas to ice my knee.
I hope to see some running buddies during the race weekend and I've started thinking through some outfit options depending on the weather. Fall marathon season is definitely here!
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